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Hospitality industry 'must do more on graduate jobs'
Tuesday, 07 October 2008
Food and drink
The hospitality industry needs to do more to attract talented people into graduate jobs, according to one expert.
Speaking to students at the University of Surrey, Bob Cotton of the British Hospitality Agency stated that because figures are not kept, it is unclear how many people enter the industry after completing their courses, Caterer and Hotel Keeper reports.
He said: "Of the 600 degree level hospitality students we believe we produce every year, how many will even enter the hospitality industry in this country? We don't know."
The industry must do more to attract and retain high-calibre candidates, Mr Cotton added.
He suggested that a system which indicates the number of graduate jobs on offer each year and what qualifications are required to fill them should be put in place.
Recently, the Times reported comments by Michael Garstka who urged businesses to keep offering graduate jobs despite the current downturn.
This will mean they have talented staff in place when the recovery starts, he explained.